Local faith representatives, including Bishop Andrew Watson, united in peace at Surrey mosques last night to pray for the victims of Sunday’s London Bridge terror attack.
The prayer vigils, organised by the Surrey Muslim Association, took place at the Woking’s Shah Jahan Mosque and Camberley’s Al Kharafi Mosque at their evening prayers. A collective prayer was said for the victims of the London attack and their families, and a minute’s silence was held. After prayers, attendees shared Iftar, the evening meal marking the daily end to fasting during Ramadan.
Bishop Andrew attended the vigil at the Shah Jahan Mosque. He said: “I am privileged to be invited to remember the London attack victims and their families. It was a time for all people of good will to stand together against an ideology that seeks – in a memorable phrase of Jesus himself – to 'steal and kill and destroy'.
“The indiscriminate killing of adults and children alike in London and Manchester has been truly chilling, and the local Muslim community is rightly appalled at what has perpetrated in the name of Islam. My hope and prayer is that by standing together we can confront the sinister radicalisation of young people, which is causing such mayhem around the world. In the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, our shared conviction is that 'Goodness is stronger than evil, Love is stronger than hate'.”
Imam Hafiz Hashmi, head imam of Shah Jahan Mosque, who led the Woking vigil, added:
“I was deeply saddened and angered by the horrific attack that took place in London. Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families. I am outraged that these people claim to carry out these barbaric attacks in the name of Islam; Islam means peace, anything which is not peaceful is not Islam.
“We must stand united and not allow these terrorists to cause division in our communities."